Meet Ramiro

Aerospace Engineering
Class of ’19

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Hi! I’m Ramiro, but most people call me RJ. I’m a senior studying Aerospace Engineering, while also pursuing a masters in Astronautical Engineering through the Progressive Degree Program. I am from Vallejo, California. On campus, one of my favorite involvements is VEX Robotics, a design team where we build robots to compete against other teams in a yearly design challenge.  Outside of USC, I love to explore LA. My adventures range from working part-time at a satellite systems company, laying down at the beach, or satisfying my stomach with the best foods around! This summer, I interned for a Cyber Security Satellite Systems position in El Segundo, California, which intertwined Electrical Engineering and Astronautical Engineering! Buckle up, and come take a ride with me through my #ViterbiLife.



My Favorite Places in LA


As president of the VEX Robotics team, I work with recruiting members, training, and getting things prepared each season. We compete against different schools at USC throughout the year, so come check us out!
V.A.S.T or Viterbi Adopt a School Adopt a Teacher is a program where I was able to teach coding and robotics to students at the USC Magnet School across the street from campus on Jefferson street.
This past summer, I interned for LinQuest Corporation, a satellite systems company. They have extended my internship to part-time during the school year, which is fantastic for me! I do fascinating work related to cyber security and satellite architecture. We are a small group of engineers focused on topics like encryption, cyber attacks, and satellite architecture. The work is so cool, that they won’t even let me talk about it!

My Major at USC: Aerospace Engineering

My Favorite Classes
Thermo was my first upper division class that I took, that definitely gave me a scoop into the engineering world. I still remember one of the exam questions. It was to analyze a jet turbine to see if it would not only fall within the laws of thermodynamics, but also fulfill a desired mission! I definitely would recommend this class either as a tech elective or as a core class, because it is challenging but you learn a lot.
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Application Essay

Everyone has his or her own story. Achievements and awards are great, but what will truly distinguish you is the story as to why you are the person you are. Be genuine and honest.

Application Extracurriculars

Talk about the activities you enjoy to participate in. This can range from sports, to chess club, to choir. It should speak to who you are as a person, not just a student. And maybe, you spark some common interest with the reader of your application!

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?

My Favorite Shows

  • Bob’s Burgers is a cartoon show about a family who owns their own burger joint. Each episode is like a day in their life, on a vacation, at school, or any other regular life event. But each character has his or her own quirks that make them relatable, and somewhat remind you of the funny times you may have had with your family! Also, warning: This show doubles as a workout for your abs for all the times you’ll find yourself laughing.

  • If you and some of your friends love to play tricks on each other, then you can definitely relate to this TV Show. This show is about a group of 4 best friends who embarrass themselves in New York by doing crazy dares with people. This show will definitely make you laugh!